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Shredded Beef Barbecue

This beef roast simmers for hours in a homemade barbecue sauce, so it's very tender and easy to shred for sandwiches. The mixture freezes well, too. -Lori Bergquist of Wilton, North Dakota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 8 hours
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1 beef sirloin tip roast (2-1/2 pounds)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons celery seed
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 12 kaiser rolls, split


  • Sprinkle roast with salt and pepper. In a nonstick skillet, brown roast in oil on all sides over medium-high heat; drain. Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Combine next 10 ingredients; pour over roast.
  • Cover and cook on low until meat is tender, 8-10 hours. Remove meat; shred with two forks and return to slow cooker. Spoon 1/2 cup meat mixture onto each roll.
Nutrition Facts
1 sandwich: 313 calories, 9g fat (2g saturated fat), 59mg cholesterol, 688mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 2g fiber), 26g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch.

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  • Sondra
    Jan 29, 2021

    What a great recipe! I salted the sirloin tip roast and left it overnight then did everything as the recipe suggested. I didn't brown the beef first though. When I pulled the beef out after 10 hours it fell apart. So easy to spread. I felt there was a bit of fat from beef in the juice so ran it through my soup strainer then added a heaping tablespoon of flour with some ghee into the crock pot and slowly whisked the juice back in to thicken. Then put it on high to thicken for 10 mins or so then added the beef back to the pot. The juice was so good I didn't want to loose it all when it was served. I know the boys are going to love this!

  • jiljilsch
    Jun 25, 2015

    So, so, SO good! I ended up using a couple pork steaks since I was out of roasts, and they didn't disappoint! Shredded very nicely, I think I may omit the water next time as other reviewers mentioned doing, there was quite a bit of excess liquid. Otherwise, this was absolutely amazing! The house smelled great when I got home from work after this had sat in the slow cooker all day - it reminded me of grandma's house growing up, she must have used this recipe since I know she was a Taste of Home fan as well!

  • thebruds
    Oct 3, 2013

    I did not have time to brown the roast beforehand. Cooked all day and turned out fabulous - perfect bbq flavor for my family & they loved it! Very easy to shred. I did omit water, too.

  • JodiPineau
    Jun 14, 2013

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  • bltbananas
    Jan 11, 2012

    disappointing. did not really have much of a bbq flavor. it did shred nicely but we had to add bbq sauce to the sandwich to make it tasty.

  • queenzookie
    Sep 22, 2011

    Very easy. Thanks for the tip to omit the water. This fit in my 3-qt slow cooker with room to spare. I don't see how it could feed 12 people, though - it's more like 6 servings.

  • bylaw
    May 31, 2011

    This is tasty! I don't use any of the water called for in this recipe.

  • majanke
    Apr 5, 2008

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    Mar 5, 2008

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  • jeffrey hook
    Jan 3, 2008

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